Shrimp & Grits


Hi Shrimp & Grits, you look kinda cute today–with your gigantic shrimp, runny egg, creamy, goat-cheesy grits…ugh. You’re so cute I kinda wanna punch you.

I’d never had Shrimp & Grits with an egg involved until a few nights ago. Good heavens. Just when you thought the dish couldn’t get more awesome, a restaurant (in NY) throws a runny fried egg in the mix and turns my world upside down.

I wanna say it was the most memorable thing about my trip to NY. There was also the amazing view from The Boom Boom Room at the top of the Standard Hotel; the incredible arepas from Caracas (had one for lunch and then one for dinner); the PB&J and pickle tea sandwiches from Fatty Crab; and the salted caramel cupcake from Butter Lane. P.S. There’s a chance I might’ve gained a pound or two. Whatevs.

But for reals, the best thing from NY was seeing some of my best friends from college–some of whom I hadn’t seen in years. They looked a little older, sounded more mature, but after five minutes we were back to how we used to be.  Don’t you love it when that happens?

The first thing I did when I got to parent’s home in Fort Lauderdale, was make this dish. And watch lots of TV. There’s something about being home that makes it okay to be super lazy, right?

Let’s talk about this recipe! It’s pretty basic. Not to much too talk about, I guess.


Juuuust kidding.

I halved this recipe since it was just for me and my momma. The original recipe is for four, so below it’s for four. Just so ya know!

There’s grits, which I spiked with some goat cheese to give it a little tang and creaminess.

Some bacon. And shrimp, of course.

And a fried egg.

It’s kind of a breeze; and honestly, it’d be delicious for breakfast or for dinner or for lunch…or for all three in the same day. It’s a free country!

Shrimp & Grits

Recipe slightly adapted from Bobby Flay

Print this recipe!

4 cups water

Salt and pepper

1 cup stone-ground grits

3 tablespoons butter

3 oz. of goat cheese

1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined

6 slices bacon, chopped

4 teaspoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons chopped parsley (I skipped this because I forgot to buy it at the store.)

1 cup thinly sliced scallions

1 large clove garlic, minced (I skipped this too.)

1 egg

Bring water to a boil. Add salt and pepper. Add grits and cook until water is absorbed, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter and cheese.

Rinse shrimp and pat dry. Fry the bacon in a large skillet until browned; drain well. In grease, add shrimp. Cook until shrimp turn pink. Add lemon juice, chopped bacon, parsley, scallions and garlic. Saute for 3 minutes. In a separate pan, fry up egg over easy.

Spoon grits into a serving bowl. Add shrimp mixture and top with fried egg. Serve immediately.

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  • Reply Dorothy at Belle of the Kitchen April 22, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Yum, I love me some Shrimp and Grits! But topped with a fried egg? Perfection!

    I’ve been wanting to try a version Shrimp and Grits Benedict–this gives me the nudge I need!

  • Reply Lindsey@Lindselicious April 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Yum, I have been thinking about trying some shrimp and grits since it seems to be everywhere. But your version with the goat cheese and EGG has made if official. I want to try this! Thanks for sharing, it looks so delish.

  • Reply Jessica @ How Sweet April 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    LOVE that you added goat cheese in there!!

  • Reply Valerie @ Life 4 me by me April 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    The goat cheese and bacon with the shrimp sound like a great combination.

  • Reply Joanne April 22, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I’m so glad you got arepas while you were here! That is one of my favorite little hole-in-the-wall restaurants!

    Sigh. Yum.

    Although this version of shrimp and grits sounds..fantastical. I love putting eggs on top of, well. Everything.

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna April 23, 2011 at 8:49 am

      I was totally blown away by that $6 arepa–it was my fav!

  • Reply Katrina April 23, 2011 at 12:03 am

    I’ve never had grits before. I really need to try them!

  • Reply Bianca April 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    This looks amazing- like omg Shemar Moore just walked into the room amazing. Sorry I just watched criminal minds…on my parents couch no less. This dish- and Shemar- would make my Saturday complete.

  • Reply Kara April 24, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Love Shrip & Grits

  • Reply Nadette@Eat, Read, Rant! April 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I’ve been wanting to make shrimp and grits for ages. I’ve got old fahioned grits just sitting in my pantry, dying to be paired with shrimp and cheese and herbs and stuff. this recipe just motivated me to get around to making them. This looks good. like really good. In spite of the runny egg (it’s a texture thing for me). One day soon I’ll make this, I promise.

    *p.s.–I love behaving badly and immaturely with my college friends. It’s the best thing EVER.

  • Reply Ryan April 26, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Yummmmy! 🙂 I live in the south so grits are huge here. These look amazing!

  • Reply kathy April 26, 2011 at 10:04 pm


    Good Day, Your idea is really great,I’ll come back to see more of your work.


  • Reply Elle (Bromography) April 28, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Yummmm…shrimp and grits are good, but the egg is a lovely touch. Can’t wait to try this out!

  • Reply Jenn @ LL4L May 14, 2011 at 4:21 am

    I LOVE shrimp and grits but it always tastes so much better when someone else makes it! I can’t wait to try this recipe at home this week!

  • Reply Kristin Collins May 24, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    I’m going to try and make this for my Nashville buddy tonight. Will update you on the success or failure

  • Reply Amanda Fay October 13, 2013 at 4:31 am

    I made this last night as a special dinner for my parents and two friends. It was so simple but so unbelievable! The shrimp cooked in bacon grease mixed with the scallions and garlic could not have been a more delicious combination. The grits just soaked up the flavor so nicely…the cheese…an excellent added touch. I left out the fried egg for no good reason. Everyone ate every last morsel, at the end my dad told me next time I must make it with the fried egg! So I will! Thank you 🙂

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme October 13, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Oh yay! I haven’t made this in a really long time. I should fix that soon!

  • Reply SBO April 30, 2015 at 1:14 am

    This looks amazing, of course! And I love your creativity so keep doing what you’re doing. I like to eat a lot of shrimp.

  • Reply ยูฟ่าเบท December 15, 2017 at 8:58 am

    This dish look amazing. I’m gonna make it for my boyfriend ! Thanks for the recipe.

  • Reply ufabet December 15, 2017 at 8:59 am

    yummy shrimp

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